Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Mike Johanns
Senator, Oregon
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 1: Sen. Mike Johanns speaking to Gen. Keith Alexander: you've identified for us that you can get phone contacts. I'm asking can you get Google contacts, can you get e-mail contacts? I'm not talking about reading the e-mail or seeing what they're saying back and forth. I'm not at that point. But what I worry about is how far do you believe this authority extends? Can you get Google contacts? Can you get e-mail contacts? And, again, I'm not asking about reading the e-mail.
Mike Johanns
Senator, R-Nebraska
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 2: Sen. Mike Johanns speaking to Gen. Keith Alexander: The concern here, the American public is fearful that in this massive amount of data you get that there's, the ability of the federal government to synthesize that data and learn something more than maybe what was ever contemplated by the Patriot Act.
Mike Johanns
Senator, R-Nebraska
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 3: Sen. Mike Johann speaking to Gen. Keith Alexander: that would be number one. The second thing is the more personal issue, and it kind of gets into some of the concerns about cyber command, and that is you're in this hugely unique role. We've always had this view of separating the civilian leadership, politically elected, from the military leadership. And yet you've got this dual hat. And it creates a concern not about you because you've got a remarkable record.
Jeff Merkley
Senator, Oregon
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Gen. Keith Alexander: We don't get to look at the data -- Jeff Merkley: let me stop you there, Because these are requirements to acquire to analyze the data acquire the day. This is the application to acquire the data. Is here I have my Verizon phone, my cell phone. What authorized investigation gave you the grounds for acquiring my cell phone data? -- my cell phone data?
Jeff Merkley
Senator, Oregon
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 1 Jeff Merkley speaking to Gen. Keith Alexander: I had an amendment last December that said these findings of law that translate the requirements that are in the law into what is permissible needs to be declassified so we can have the debate. I believe that what you just said is you want that information to be declassified (that explains how you get from these standards of law)
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 2 Answer from Gen. Keith Alexander to Jeff Merkely: We aren't trying to hide it. We're trying to protect America. So we need your help in doing that. This isn't something that's just NSA or the administration doing on its own. This is what we, that our nation expects our government to do for us. So we ought to have that debate. We ought to put it out there, and we've got to put those two together. So I just want to put that one caveat there. And if I can get it, if I can make it happen, I will.
Jeff Merkley
Senator, Oregon
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 3: Jeff Merkley: I thank Chair Feinstein who helped develop and sent a letter expressing this concern about this secrecy of the interpretations of the FISA court. I do think it's time that that become understandable in public because otherwise how in a democracy do you have a debate if you don't know what the plain language means? I do have concerns about that translation, and I'll continue this conversation.
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
If you're going to connect the dots on a 9/11 style event or hopefully prevent a 9/11 style event you have to have dots in the box in order to connect so all of this is just that little bit of information that they might need, a phone number to a phone number with no names attached. If it goes beyond that then it has to go to the FBI if it's an American citizen for what we would understand is the normal investigative route that would require a warrant.
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
I've got to tell you I hope we don't decide that our national security interest is determined by a high school dropout who had a whole series of both academic troubles and employment troubles. We have better ask a lot harder questions about who he is and what his motives were, fully, and what access he had to information before we draw the conclusion that this guy was doing something positive.
John Conyers
U.S. Representative, D-Michigan, Judiciary Ranking Member
CSPAN2 06/13/2013
Part 1 Conyers: it is my fear that we are on the verge of becoming a surveillance state, collecting billions of electronic records on law-abiding Americans every single day. a point, the recent disclosure confirmed by the administration that section 215 of the USA
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